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‘God sent somebody:’ Father shares story of saving kids, surviving a rip current

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) — A father in Wilmington is holding his family a little closer after a trip to the beach came close to ending in tragedy last week. It was a normal evening at the beach for John McIntyre and his two kids, Mel and Lia. The three drove down to North Myrtle Beach on Thursday afternoon and his wife decided to stay home. After arriving at their condo, John took his kids down to the beach. It was around 6:30 pm and he thought it was a little late, but he says there were still lots of people on the beach.
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At a Wilmington supermarket, Hispanic organization raises awareness about inflation

While standing outside Los Portales Supermarket in Wilmington, Jeffrey Baldwin was happy to know customers were spending $28.67 less at the cash register. As the grassroots engagement director for The LIBRE Initiative - North Carolina, Baldwin helped give away gift cards worth that amount before they went inside. It's the average cost of inflation for just two days, according to LIBRE.

First Avelo Airlines flight departs from Wilmington to Connecticut

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The first Avelo Airlines flight departed from the Wilmington International Airport to the Tweed-New Haven Airport in Connecticut on Thursday, June 30. Avelo’s first flights to the Orlando International Airport and the Baltimore / Washington International Airport will depart on Friday, July 1. Avelo offers flights...

15 things to do in the Wilmington area for the long 4th of July weekend

Befitting the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Wilmington, there's plenty of things to do after you've hit the beach.  They include the N.C. Fourth of July festival in Southport, along with other patriotic concerts and gatherings, but it doesn't stop there. From concerts big and small and numerous comedy performances and no less than two full-on variety shows, the options are plentiful.  ...

Construction begins on new Leland fire station

LELAND, N.C. (WECT) - The Town of Leland has begun construction on the new Fire/Rescue Station 51 at the town’s Municipal Operations Center Campus on 1987 Andrew Jackson Highway NE. Station 51 will be a fully staffed station that replaces the one on Village Road. “The new location will...
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Recent reports show Wilmington rent prices up nearly 3 percent in the last month, 22 percent since 2021

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is continuing to cost more to live in the Port City. According to, Wilmington rents have increased 2.7% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 22.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Wilmington stand at $1,165 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,379 for a two-bedroom.
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Where to watch fireworks around the Cape Fear this holiday weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re just four days from the 4th of July, but many local fireworks shows are taking place before the nationwide holiday on Monday. While there are sure to be countless amazing fireworks displays around the area, here’s a list of some of the biggest shows scheduled for the Cape Fear.

Inaugural Avelo Flight Touches Down At ILM

Just before 10 a.m. Thursday, a nearly full flight of passengers landed aboard low-cost carrier Avelo’s inaugural flight into the Wilmington International Airport. The Boeing 737-700 arriving from New Haven, Connecticut, was greeted by a ceremonial water salute as it made its way to its ILM gate. Large enough to seat 147 passengers, the plane was filled with 139, Avelo officials said Thursday.

Bill passes in House and Senate that would tighten Leland’s annexation rules

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Traffic redirected after major water main leak on S. Front Street

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - South Front Street is closed to traffic south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on Thursday while crews make an emergency water main repair. The 1000 to 1200 blocks of South Front Street, from Wright Street to Marstellar Street, are closed to traffic in both directions.